Burquel Consultancy Services (BCS) - a strategy and management consultancy specialising in higher education. 

We provide advisory services to public, private and not-for-profit organisations.  These range from higher education institutions, education networks, and policy-makers at national, EU and international level.   

We work globally to promote institutional change and organisational transformation in the exciting world of higher education.   We see education as a catalyst for global growth in society.    

We offer independent advice and solutions tailored to clients’ needs.  We assist with:

  • Strategy formulation

  • Governance and leadership

  • Internationalisation

  • Research and innovation

  • Digital transformations

  • Capacity building and talent management 

  • Evidence-based policy reviews and impact assessment  

  • Management of global education networks


Nadine Burquel - BCS Director

Nadine is a recognised international expert in higher education with almost 30 years experience with strategy developments in higher education and EU policy in education and research.

She has extensive expertise in shaping and delivering complex assignments in large framework contracts for services to the European Commission.  She has directed   large EU-funded partnership capacity building projects, working with senior management teams to support growth and transformation in universities, from conceptualisation to full implementation.    All these assignments have given her a thorough understanding of EU policy shaping and education programme implementation.  

Nadine acquired a strong ability to deliver to senior management and board levels, in universities, ministries of education, funding bodies and regulatory agencies.   She is directing high level senior leadership and management development programmes for universities worldwide.      

Nadine has extensive networks in higher education and has worked extensively in the wider Europe, with organisations in Russia, in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia and the Pacific.    She is active in professional communities of practice worldwide and cooperates with large strategic consultancies.  

Tim Evans - BCS Director

With over 20 years in the higher education field Tim brings his extensive experience in administration, financial management, IT and EU project management to BCS. 

Tim is also the Network Administrator of the HUMANE network since 1997. In this role he is responsible for overall coordination (membership services; board and general assembly; events organisation and financial management).

His experience also includes the financial management of EU funded projects (Socrates, Tempus, lifelong learning,  Erasmus mundus, etc). Tim has also been involved in European Commission Audits, representing the contract holder and project partners, from initial contacts to the full completion of EU audits.


Elise Bougelet - Project Manager

Elise graduated from Maastricht University (NL) in 2017 with a Master in Arts & Heritage: Policy, Management and Education with a specialisation in Curatorship and Collection Management & Conservation. In her final year, her thesis focused on the way exhibitions deal with sensitive issues and better educate the public.

During her studies she carried out an internship at the National Museum of History and Art Luxembourg.

Elise is bilingual in English and French.

Laura Ballesteros - Researcher

Laura is a researcher in higher education. She graduated from the Erasmus Mundus Master in Higher Education at the Universities of Oslo (Norway), Tampere (Finland) and Aveiro (Portugal), having conducted her thesis research period at the University of Twente (Netherlands). Upon graduation she became a teacher and deputy principal at the Universidad del Noroccidente de Latinoamerica (México).  Previously she completed a first degree in International Relations from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (México) where she then worked for the International Cooperation and Mobility Office of the university.

She carried out a traineeship at the European Commission in the International Cooperation and Programmes Unit of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture where she was involved, among other things, in project monitoring and evaluation, policy dialogue activities, and the preparation of the Quality Assurance International Conference.

Cecilia Heidelberger - Project Assistant

Cecilia assists with desk research and overall project coordination in BCS. She graduated from the Master of Intercultural European Studies from the Universities of Regensburg (Germany), Complutense of Madrid (Spain) and Blaise Pascal (France, Clermont Ferrand) and holds a Bachelor degree in German-French Studies from the Universities of Regensburg and Blaise Pascal.

Since 2013 she works on leadership programmes for universities and on EU consultancy assignments.

She speaks German, French, Spanish, and English.